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to support the president. nato will take over responsibility from the u.s. for enforcing the no-fly zone over libya. who is really calling the shots now in the international coalition? welcome to "bbc world news." more coming up in the program and more worries in japan about the fishermen nuclear repay. one of the reactor cores could be damaged -- about the fukushima nuclear plant. in a film that takes you into the interrogation room. we look at four days inside guantanamo. ♪ >> hello, welcome. syria has become the latest hot spot in the middle east, with the ruling elite coming under its biggest challenge in three decades. thousands have demonstrated, calling for more freedom, with protests reported in three more towns. in, protesters climbed about 20 were shot down after a statue of the former president was set alight. in damascus, three people reported to have been killed. ban ki-moon has urged the government to respect and to protect the rights of citizens. protests are taking place elsewhere across the region. in the many capital, , both pro and anti-government demonstrators held their
fighters are being easily out maneuvered. >> it is being reported in the u.s. that president obama signed a secret presidential order in the past three weeks authorizing covert support for opposition forces who have been trying to topple colnel gadhafi. news coming amid a debate of arming the forces opposed to colnel gadhafi. >> the details are fairly sketchy to be honest. we have had confirmation tonight that over the past two or three weeks president obama signed what is called a presidential finding, essentially a directive that paves the way for covert military operations to take place in libya by american forces aiding the rebel forces. there are reports in the "new york times" saying c.i.a. is already in libya, which i don't think some will find too surprising. but so far the white house and c.i.a., as you would expect, refused to comment. >> interesting to point out that we are being told that government sources confirming that barack obama signed this operation some two or three weeks ago, which is interesting because we heard from him last night talking about arming rebels in the
. the u.s. is making it increasingly clear that having been in the lead of the libyan mission, it wants to step back now. the latest reports from the rebel-held town talk of pro gaddafi snipers filing at the hospital. -- firing at the hospital. >> please, please bomb his forces until they stop. i have to be impartial because i am a medical person, but five, six consecutive days that have been killing with tanks and artillery, bombing us. please stop him. >> other residents say they have attacked their base. the rebels remain for now force of on certain potential, but it is clear the situation is increasingly turning into a test of the coalition possibility to influence events on the ground. -- the coalition's ability to influence events on the ground. >> with me now it is ben brown. there has been much activity around you today? >> the rebels are still trying to push west, about an hour-and- a-half from here, trying to take advantage of the coalition air strikes and military action which they are seeing day after day, night after night. the rebels are making heavy delegate of getting an
by the west. >> and he predicted the unrest. >> in the meantime, what is happening with u.s. jobs? >> it's the big day. we're expecting bumper numbers on the back of really good days that have come out of the u.s. better service industry numbers and retail numbers. economists are expecting is 50,000 to 200,000 jobs added for the last month. >> and this is nasa's newest satellite lifted off. known as goir. not terribly modest, is it? it will spend the next three years looking at tiny airborne particles, we're told, and the effects they have on the earth's climate. >> two minutes into the glory mission. all systems nominal. >> and china is to raise this year's military budget by nearly13% -- nearly 13%. it said its military upgrades are purely for defensive purposes. our correspondent was there and i asked him what the money would be spent on. >> they say they are spebbeding it on a military modernizeization system. but they are the developing stealth fighters as well as nuclear submarines and china wants to launch its first aircraft carrier. so they say this is entirely peaceful, but i th
's speech, i am joined by richard murphy, it was the former u.s. ambassador to syria. think ford joining the program. -- thank you for joining the program. the president said there would be impending reform, but did not give the reform the wanted to see at a few weeks later he was out of power. that is not the case the caseassad of syria. -- that is not the case with president assad of syria. am i think you are right, he is a person who has popularity. he is counting on both to carry him through. while his spokesperson a few days ago, monday i believe, said there would be a committee formed to study a series of reforms including lifting the emergency law, obviously, thus far the committee has said this is not the moment, given that the government is facing a most serious challenge that it has had since president assad became president in 2000. that is the protests and the bloodshed and government crackdowns continue, is there a tipping point or even that regime says enough is enough, we have to give some? >> i think it is possible they will come up with some reforms. he repeated that tod
a siege until they learn hostages had been killed. but that point, they stormed the building. the u.s. supreme court is hearing evidence from one of the largest 60's -- sex discrimination lawsuits in america. women are claiming women -- women who work for walmart claimed they were held back because of their gender. the lawsuit includes more than 1.5 million women. the u.s. department of education finds virginia tech $55,000 for waiting too long to notify students when the massacre was taken place -- was taking place in 2007. the amount imposed was the maximum allowed by law. in japan, 2.5 weeks after disaster, the president said the country is on max on alert over the crippled fukushima nuclear plant. they try to prevent radioactive water from leaking into the sea. the u.s. and u.k. are starting to detect very low levels of radioactive iodine in the air. our science correspondent has the story. this does contain flash photography. >> this is the front line of japan's nuclear crisis. teams of workers braving me fukushima -- the fukushima power station. some areas are too contaminated t
ago, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton said airplanes from the united arab emirates would be joining the no-fly zone. >> final preparations for these french pilots as they contemplate another mission over libya. france was at the forefront of the diplomatic flight to get a no flight -- a no-fly zone it installed, and now they're actively involved in maintaining it. while their mission is clear, who controls the international mission has been less so until now. >> nato allies have decided to enforce the no-fly zone over libya. we are taking action as part of the broad international efforts to protect civilians against the attacks by the khadafy regime. >> that will be music to the years of the u.s. government, which four days has been seeking to reduce the level of american involvement in policing the no- fly zone. news of the agreement brought this response from the secretary of state. >> nato is well-suited to coordinating this international effort and ensuring that all participating nations are working effectively together towards our shared goal. this coalition includes
of the operation. france, britain, in the u.s. have taken the lead so far, but nato has yet to agree whether the alliance should have a leading role in the mission. the meetings for talks have been scheduled for all of the key international players in london next week. ministers will be hoping to have resolved the issue of control by then. bbc news. >> earlier, i spoke to the former u.s. ambassador to the united nations under president bill clinton, and the arab league, the african union, and others that are not fully committed to air strikes, and president obama said the international community is fully behind the action in libya. >> first, you have to remember that the international community did pass this through the union, so there is that international credibility. as this goes on longer than people expect, this is the first time they have done this. it happened very quickly. it is a healthy debate going on. it is not clear it will remain an unanimous block to do it, but i think with the american leadership, you will see it largely remaining intact. >> i would like to ask you another qu
150 people dead. former u.s. president jimmy carter has visited age-old american contractor in cuba. he was imprisoned for illegally providing internet access to cuban citizens. mr. carter says the authorities have made clear they did not intend to release him. now to japan, where the woes of the fukushima nuclear plant continue unabated. today, the country's nuclear safety agency said it has discovered the highest levels of radiation to date in seawater near the vicinity. -- to the facility. they acknowledged for of the six reactors at the plant will need to be scrapped. the company's process checked into a hospital with high blood pressure and dizziness. -- the company's loss check into a hospital. >> from the strip -- from the stricken plant to the sea, radiation is leaking. they don't know how or where it's coming from, but the levels are extraordinary. the government insists that contamination will be deleted as it spreads. this man is not sure. he farms seaweed 120 miles south of the plant. he's trying to salvage his nets, wrecked by the tsunami. the problems for -- the proble
. the u.s. stepped up their military campaign overnight firing more than 20 tomahawk cruise missiles at a weapons site at a storage facility in tripoli. >> for two days they've race -- they've raced back and forth. organized and supplies, their gains have proved agile while air strikes gave them confidence. their poeten as i is there even though they have lack of weapons. >> it's fair to say if we wanted to get weapons in libya, we probably could. we are looking at all our options at this point. >> in london a cavel kade of more than 40 countries met and planned what a post gaddafi libya might look like. some wondered if gaddafi could be persuaded into exile. but they are looking at upholding the resolution. >> the arms embargo applies to the whole of libya, though they might allow equipment to be given to people purely to defend themselves in a limited way. but we have not taken decision to do that. >> as gaddafi supporters celebrated yesterday's advances, this conflict is looking more finely balanced. anti-aircraft like these may dominate libyan skies but so far their mission has b
the libyan air force and no longer exists as a fighting force. the senior u.s. commander says that troops loyal to gaddafi are still violating a u.n. resolution 1973. misrata is besieged by government tanks and artillery. mike will reject reports. >> characteristically the finance -- define it, colonel gaddafi on the first night of bombing. he said that those attacking libya would end up in the dustbin of history. colonel gaddafi has pledged there would be no surrender, and this on another night with a burst of anti-aircraft fire. from the american secretary of state hillary clinton, a suggestion that efforts might be under way to look for an exit strategy. >> i am not aware that he personally has reached out, but i know people allegedly on his behalf up and reaching out. that is why i say this is a very dynamic situation. >> be diplomatic strategy has been to convince the libyan leader to take another course. these pictures provide more insight into the military reality confronting him and his forces. it shows as helicopters taking off for an operation at night with american ships involv
whether the u.s. military should arm the rebel forces. there's a lot of concern among some members of congress about who the rebels really are and whether decision to arm them could come back to bite in that respect for the u.s. there is a concern about whether garmin the rebels will be the right decision. -- arming the rebels will be the right decision. >> moussa koussa has arrived in libya having defected from the libyan regime. has there been any comment on this from the white house? quite strangely, the white house has been quiet on this issue. -- >> strangely, the white house has been quiet on this issue. that is surprising, really. we have not had any comment on this whatsoever. there is the issue as to whether the u.s. will arm rebel forces. the white house spokesperson has said that we are not ruling it out or in. the obama administration is fairly tight lid on this choice. this directive that was signed by president obama does not necessarily mean that the army has already taken place -- arming has already taken place. >> the u.n. security council has unanimously ordered s
as fundamental to the security of the u.s., and he said he is ready to see it serve a greater role in world affairs. the latest headlines for you on "bbc world news." the multi-national force setting up the no-fly zone over libya -- army officers and tribal leaders have joined opposition protests and in yemen. the president though says he is staying in power. abnormally high levels of radioactive substances have been found in seawater near the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant in japan. the radiation is 127 times higher than the government standard. a thousand people have died in the quick and tsunami. our correspondent sent this report. -- at 1000 people have died in the quake and tsunami. >> when the sea has taken all they know, how do you comprehend it? every landmark obliterated. even finding where his home stood is not easy to this 12- year-old. this is the first time he has been back. but for the third house on history, there is just avoid. >> my desk was up there. my dad was over here. this is where my bookshelf was. >> this is his 10-year-old sister and all that she found -- her schoo
. bbc news, tripoli. >> the general in charge of u.s. africa demand, leading coalition operations in libya, and said he does not expect operations to continue much longer. >> i do not think it will go on for very long time. and we have an opportunity to execute the requirements of the u.n. security council resolution. the most important part of which is to protect civilians. it is important to note with the net to a large degree by stopping the regime's attacks on benghazi. there are other places where civilians remain threatened by the regime. we are doing our best each and every day and night to protect the civilians. >> you are watching "bbc world news." still to come on the program -- more worries in japan around the fukushima nuclear plant. one of the reactors could be damaged. the countries involved and the military coalition over libya have been financing a deal to transfer political control of their campaign -- finessing a deal to transfer political control of their campaign to nato. matthew price reports. >> slowly, but surely, it is being transferred to nato. command rem
a further humanitarian emergency. >> of these were tomahawk cruise missiles launched from u.s. warships. some were fired on sunday from a british submarine. the u.s. government says the bombardment is working to destroy the libyan leader's command and control capabilities, without targeting him directly. >> at this particular point, i can guarantee he is not on a targeting list. >> is there a but to that? >> the rest of that is, if he happens to be in a place, if he is inspecting a surface to ailment -- surface-to-air missile site, we did not have an idea he is they're not. >> western powers have affected their sights on a range of libyan government targets across the coast. this is the result of around eastern city of benghazi. americans say troops are suffering from isolation and confusion, although benghazi and its defiant population are not yet free from threats. >> tripoli very much the target of last night bombardment. indeed, going to the heart of the gaddafi regime, although as you heard, the americans say although at the moment colonel gaddafi himself is not a target of the bom
, concern remains over who is in control of the operation. france, britain, and the u.s. has taken the lead but there is yet to be agreement. a meeting for talks has been scheduled for the key international players in london next week. ministers will have hoped to -- hope to have resolved the issue by then. >> the news from reuters, residents of tripoli said loud explosions have been heard in the ieee area. it is the fifth night of air strikes against colonel gaddafi is forces. that has come from city residents speaking to the reuters news agency. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu said israel will react aggressively and wisely after a first attack on a bus in jerusalem. one person was killed and 30 others injured after a blast of a crowded bus stop. there is much concern about another cycle of retaliation. >> chaos and confusion in central jerusalem this afternoon. traveling on a bus had been considered safe again. after the bombings of the early 2000's. people had almost forgotten what a bomb in the middle of this city sounds and looks like. this was the target, a bus full of commu
. fighting then broke out when a pro monarchy crowd began to throw stones at the other side. to libya. the u.s. military says the operation to protect civilians in the country have made good progress but that colonel gaddafi's forces pose a threat. a pentagon spokesman said they were still able to carry out attacks in places such as ajdabiya in the east despite attacks on supply lines. in a few minutes we'll have a report from there but first here's our world affairs editor john simpson. he is in tripoli. >> an r.a.f. fighter in action over libya. by intervening, the coalition has changed the situation completely. here in tripoli, it's a very different war indeed. missiles and bombs fall every night. but the main struggle is a propaganda one. libyan television is showing these pictures of civilians who have supposedly been killed in the raids. are they genuine? impossible to say. the international journalists in tripoli are immensely restricted. though we are free to say what we want without censorship. today, we were bust out to see what we were told was a hit on the civilian target. you coul
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